Monday, August 22, 2016

Pebble Beach 2016: Race cars zoom into auction record books

Two vintage race cars set sales records Friday night at the flagship Monterey Car Week.

A 1955 Jaguar D-Type car, a winner at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, was sold at RM Sotheby’s for $19.8 million ($21.7 million, with auction fees included) to become the most expensive British automobile ever sold at public auction.
Minutes later American race legend Carroll Shelby’s Cobra prototype, known as the CSX 2000, rolled onto the RM Sotheby’s stage.

When the bidding ended, the race car had sold for $12.5 million ($13.75 million with fees). That made the Shelby car the highest-priced American vehicle sold at public auction.
Bonham’s top car was a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Roadster that sold for $4 million.
Mecum sold a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Spider for $357,500